ESV - 25 And they went and woke him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing.
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The apostles woke Jesus because they were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee (also known as the Sea of Tiberias, or the Lake of Gennesaret), and a storm had arisen that was so violent that the apostles feared that the boat would sink, and they would be drowned. They viewed themselves as powerless to deal with the situation, and interpreted the fact that Jesus was asleep as evidence that He did not care about the situation or their welfare. When Jesus awoke, He told the wind and waves to be still, whereupon the storm ceased. He then rebuked the apostles for their lack of faith -- both from the standpoint of not believing in God's protection of them against disaster (especially with Jesus in the boat with them), and of not exercising the same power to still the storm (as Jesus had done) that true faith would have given them.
Benita, you have asked a thought-provoking question! or I love water and being out on the water whether it is in Wisconsin or Arizona, have taken swimming classes, grown up in Arizona where all we had to do all summer long was swim, have taken a Water Safety Class, taught swimmng, rescued kids and one adult from drowning, and have been a life-guard. The disciples woke Jesus because they had seen Him work other miracles. He was their only hope here. His other miracles demonstrated His love for people. Would He not help even His closest companions? The disciples most probably felt that they had committed their lives already to the cause of following Christ. Would it all end so soon? This way? No way!
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